It's Simply A Matter Of Acclimation

It's Simply A Matter Of Acclimation
Earlier this evening, I decided to take a walk after work.  Full disclosure, I recently started tracking my steps. Yes, I know. I used to laugh at pedometer people too.  However, I read a series of articles that said walking is healthy, or something like that, and that 10,000 steps was a healthy bar for... Read more »

I Intervened in a Domestic Violence Occurrence Yesterday

Have you ever seen the TV show “What Would You Do?” It’s a show on ABC where weird situations are staged, and recorded via hidden camera to see how people will react.  Pretty old-school concept.  I like the show, because it always does spark thought as to “What would I do?” Which brings us to the... Read more »

Chicago Mayoral Candidates Discuss The Great Displacement

Monday night, I had the pleasure of attending the mayoral forum “The Great Displacement: Candidate Forum on Reversing African-American Pushout and Building a Chicago for the Many,” hosted by the Chicago Teachers Union. Up to this point, I had not seen any of the previous mayoral debates or forums, so I was excited to see,... Read more »
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Once Upon A Time, I Was A Musician: Part 1

Once Upon A Time, I Was A Musician: Part 1
A buddy of mine from the Army sent me a photo from a metal show the other day.   It was an Oceano/Whitechapel show.  I was super impressed that he remembered that I dig those types of bands.  More importantly, the mention of Oceano brought back some wicked memories.  Allow me to explain.  I’ve been very fortunate... Read more »

Today The Character Of Our Nation Is On The Ballot

Today The Character Of Our Nation Is On The Ballot
Surely by now you’ve heard that Barack Obama was in town Sunday night. I had the honor and privilege of being there. It was my first time hearing him speak live. Funny enough, he barely had a voice left. He’d spoken earlier that day in Gary, Indiana, and he obviously has been working hard towards today: The... Read more »

Dear Kanye, I Voted Yesterday.

Dear Kanye, I Voted Yesterday.
Dear Kanye, I’ve never self identified as a Democrat, however I voted yesterday; A straight Democratic ticket. The Republican Party has demonstrated itself wholly unaccepting of who I am as a person, and have embraced characters I perceive as vile, and threatening to so many people I care about. I have significant people in my... Read more »
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Here It Goes Again: A Brief Reflection On Another School Shooting

Here It Goes Again: A Brief Reflection On Another School Shooting
While eating dinner this evening, I saw on Twitter that there was another shooting at another high school. 1 dead, 1 in custody. So unfortunate. In my prior professional position, I would often talk to students about the real price of gun violence, and the ripple effect of these events. Butler High School in Matthews, North... Read more »

Staring Down The Barrel of Mega Millions

It’s currently 9:15pm. In 45 minutes, someone’s life will change. Forever. I’m slightly ashamed to admit that I wish to be that person. Yes, I bought a Mega Millions ticket. I bought 10 actually, but only 8 of them are mine. 2 belong to my friend Tricia. Ah Tricia…how do I describe her. Friend. Platonic.... Read more »

The Very Best of Hump!: Chicago Edition

The Very Best of Hump!: Chicago Edition
Have you been to Hump Fest??? If not, what are you waiting for? This past Friday, I had the pleasure of attending the Very Best Of Hump 2008-2017 tour on it’s Chicago stop at the lovely Music Box Theater. Now, if you haven’t heard of Hump Fest, you’ve been missing out.  Hump Fest is the... Read more »
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Jason Van Dyke is Guilty!

Jason Van Dyke is Guilty!
I needed some time to process before posting this one.  What do you say about a monumental shift that rocks an entire city? The entire city held it’s collective breath as we waited for the verdict in the Jason Van Dyke trial. So many fears were resting on the history of the city. In Chicago,... Read more »